CAN YOU HELP? White Center Mary’s Place shelter needs meals next week

June 1st, 2017 Tracy Posted in How to Help, White Center news 5 Comments »

From Linda at Mary’s Place:

The Mary’s Place kitchen is being renovated and we need help with meals at our White Center Family Center next week.

We need groups or individuals to bring a meal for 50 people each night next week! If someone can help or would like more information they can email volunteer@marysplaceseattle.org.

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GiveBIG 2017 list for White Center/West Seattle

May 10th, 2017 Tracy Posted in How to Help, White Center news Comments Off on GiveBIG 2017 list for White Center/West Seattle

The annual GiveBIG one-day mega-donation drive, coordinated by the Seattle Foundation, is under way! Again this year, we’ve put together a local list, with each organization name linked to its GiveBIG info/donation page – we’ve reshuffled it a bit from original publication on our partner site West Seattle Blog, so that the White Center-based organizations are at the top, below:

Westside Baby
White Center Community Development Association
White Center Food Bank
White Center Library Guild
YES Foundation of White Center

Alki Co-Op Preschool
Ancora
(women’s choir)
Arts Corps
ArtsEd Washington
ArtsWest
Blue Earth Alliance
Concord International School Greening Project
Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association
Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition/Technical Advisory Group
Duwamish Rowing Club
Duwamish Tribal Services
Education First
Empower Mentoring Program
Explorer West Middle School
Fauntleroy Children’s Center
FEEST
Free2Luv
Friends of the Animals Foundation
Furry Faces Foundation
Gender Diversity
Holy Rosary School
Khambatta Dance Company
Killer Whale Tales
Kol HaNeshamah
Legal Counsel for Youth and Children
Navos
Opera On Tap
Orca Conservancy
Plumbers Without Borders
Pongo Publishing
Reel Grrls
SafeFutures Youth Center
Seattle Chinese Garden Society
Seattle Green Spaces Coalition
Seattle People of Color Salon
Seniors Creating Art
Somali Family Safety Task Force
South Seattle College Foundation
Southwest Seattle Historical Society
Southwest Youth and Family Services
Technology Access Foundation
The Kenney Foundation
The Service Board
The Village of Hope
The Whale Trail
Totem Star
Transitional Resources
Twelfth Night Productions
Urban Homestead Foundation
West Seattle Block Watch Captains Network
(the link goes to the Seattle Neighborhood Group – in “comments,” specifically mention that it’s for WSBWCN so they will receive the $)
West Seattle Community Orchestras
West Seattle Food Bank
West Seattle Helpline
Westside Unitarian Universalist Congregation
Wheelchairs For Nigeria
Whit Press

The donate-a-thon is on until 11:59 pm tonight. While the Seattle Foundation is not offering a “stretch pool” this year – as explained in its FAQ for donors – it’s offering other incentives.

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TODAY/TONIGHT: Noble Barton is your White Center stop for Dining Out For Life

April 27th, 2017 Tracy Posted in Health, How to Help, restaurants, White Center news Comments Off on TODAY/TONIGHT: Noble Barton is your White Center stop for Dining Out For Life

Lifelong‘s annual Dining Out For Life fundraiser is today/tonight, and there’s one White Center restaurant on the list: Noble Barton (9635 16th SW).

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FRIDAY: White Center Library Guild plant sale

April 26th, 2017 Tracy Posted in Gardening, How to Help, Libraries, White Center Library, White Center news Comments Off on FRIDAY: White Center Library Guild plant sale

Just two days away!

Friday afternoon, be at the White Center Library (1409 SW 107th) to support the guild and get your gardening season into gear!

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SATURDAY: Dick Thurnau Memorial Park needs you to help its forest become healthier

March 30th, 2017 Tracy Posted in How to Help, Parks, White Center news Comments Off on SATURDAY: Dick Thurnau Memorial Park needs you to help its forest become healthier

Your neighbors, and the friendly folks from King County Parks, would love to see you at Dick Thurnau Memorial Park on Saturday (April 1st). Here’s the invitation from volunteer coordinator Lina Rose:

Join King County Parks Volunteer Program staff and fellow community members to help make Thurnau Memorial Park a healthier forest on April 1st! We will begin our event at 9 am and work on digging out an invasive weed called English ivy (not poison ivy!) and wrap up by 1 pm. Our goal is to help increase the plant diversity in the park so it can be a healthier place for people and animals to enjoy. We will also have some environmental education about the important role our forests and parks play in White Center. Event is free and all are welcome!

If you can spare some time Saturday morning to be part of this, please contact Lina for more info and to RSVP – lina.rose@kingcounty.gov or 206.491.5014.

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SATURDAY MORNING: White Center 5K 2017

March 24th, 2017 Tracy Posted in Fun, How to Help, White Center news Comments Off on SATURDAY MORNING: White Center 5K 2017

Start your weekend in a big way – at the White Center 5K. It takes off from White Center Heights Park (7th SW/SW 102nd) Saturday morning, with this schedule:

7:30 Doors Opens to the public
8:45 Warm-Up Activity
9:00 Racers Begin
9:10 Walkers Begin
10:00 Entertainment, Race Winners Announced

If you missed out on online registration, here’s what you’ll pay to sign up right before the race:

0-6: Free
7-18: $30
19-59: $40
60+: $30

Your race fees benefit three local nonprofits:

White Center Community Development Association
YES Foundation of White Center
White Center Food Bank

And when it’s all said and done, you’ll find the Saturday race results here.

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YOU CAN HELP: White Center shelter work party Saturday, as Mary’s Place gets ready to welcome families

March 15th, 2017 Tracy Posted in How to Help, White Center news 1 Comment »

Next week, Mary’s Place says, they’ll be welcoming families at the new White Center shelter. You’re invited to one more work party there this Saturday (March 18th), 10 am-2 pm, to help get ready:

Last month we had more than 100 volunteers come by to help clean our new family shelter in White Center. Now that it’s spic and span, we’re need volunteers to “Adopt a Room” and help us get beds moved in and assembled, put on sheets and blankets, and be ready to open next week. Bring wrenches and screwdrivers!

If you want to bring something to help, we could use more twin Bed Sheets and Blankets! We also have an Amazon Wish List for all the other items we need to support our new guests!

Questions? 206-621-8474

SIGN UP to help!

(Click Sign In to set up an account and enter join code WCWORKPARTY)

10821 8th Ave SW

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TOMORROW: North Shorewood Park needs you

March 3rd, 2017 Tracy Posted in How to Help, Parks, White Center news Comments Off on TOMORROW: North Shorewood Park needs you

Surely you can spare a few hours on Saturday to help one of North Highline’s awesome county parks. From Lina Rose:

Join King County Parks Volunteer Program staff and fellow community members to help make North Shorewood Park a healthier forest!

On Saturday, March 4th, from 10 am-2 pm we will remove weeds from around plantings that volunteers put in the ground over the last two winters. We will also move some wood chip mulch around these plantings to give them a better chance of surviving. We will also tour the forested trails of the park and have some environmental education about the park and the important role our forests and parks play in White Center. Event is free and all are welcome!

Please contact Lina Rose, Volunteer Coordinator, prior to the event for more info and to RSVP – lina.rose@kingcounty.gov or 206.491.5014

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YOU CAN HELP: White Center family shelter work party Saturday

February 10th, 2017 Tracy Posted in How to Help, White Center news Comments Off on YOU CAN HELP: White Center family shelter work party Saturday

Tomorrow, the next step toward turning King County’s ex-Public Health building into a family shelter – a volunteer work party!

On Saturday morning, February 11, from 9 am to 1 pm, the community, the County, and Mary’s Place will come together to get the former public health building ready for families to move in. We expect over 100 people to be there, including teams from Starbucks, Amazon, and King County, helping to sweep, clean, plant, and make the building shine!

The shelter is expected to open next month.

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White Center community members come together to discuss a community response to graffiti

January 13th, 2017 Tracy Posted in How to Help, White Center news 14 Comments »

By Cliff Cawthon
Reporting for White Center Now

White Center community members gathered at the NorthMart Furniture store on Thursday to discuss the rise of unauthorized graffiti on walls and local storefronts in the business district.

(Part of a tag on the NorthMart building, the meeting site)

The area is known for its murals reflecting the diversity of the area, but concerned residents have noticed a recent uptick in graffiti that they say destructively differs from those murals. 



(One of White Center’s distinctive murals)

“We are an artistic community, but these [tags] are territorial and can potentially cause violence,” says Bobby Beeman, president of the White Center Chamber of Commerce. A little over a dozen people came to take part in the community meeting where the Chamber and their partners in the Community Development Association presented a three step proposal, and solicited input from community members on solutions to the problem.

Participants came from various parts of the White Center community – local businesses, representatives from King County including staff from the office of County Council Chair Joe McDermott, members of the North Highline Unincorporated Area Council, and people from the neighborhood.

The unauthorized graffiti tags worry some of the business owners, as they are concerned that defaced storefronts mean that the businesses will be unappealing to shoppers. Despite the concerns about the graffiti, community members wanted their response to be productive rather than punitive: “We do not want to send air of threat … however, this is going to stop one way or another.”



In the Chamber’s plans, disaffected or homeless youth between the ages of 15-25 are the social group that the chamber wants to focus on engaging. One participant, who identified himself as Brian, the owner of adult-video store Taboo, spoke to how he thought that youth are being used by individuals as a way to designate gang or criminal territory. The danger of this going unaddressed, from Beeman’s perspective, affects everyone: “When you’re on the street and there aren’t safe spaces to put your head it becomes a violent situation”

Many in the room stressed that homelessness isn’t necessarily associated with, or causing, this issue. That’s important given the recent controversy over siting of a shelter in White Center. In regards to engaging homeless youth, and youth in general, Beeman and the Chamber, as well as their allies, proposed a three-step plan to take action and engage them as well as other youth and potential graffiti artists in the area. 

The three-point plan is based around repair, advocacy, and youth and community engagement. McLendon Hardware in White Center has agreed to give a discount – through the Chamber – to business owners who cannot afford paint, as well as to equip them with other tools.

Seth Oakes from the King County Community Work Program, part of the Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention, said his department is willing to “move forward and help in [graffiti and trash removal] where we can,” going forward. This first phase of this plan, as it was identified in the meeting, can build upon the Community Work Program; which re-directs people who have been charged into community service projects in lieu of incarceration or detention.

The second part of the plan relates to the Chamber and the White Center Community Development Association’s commitment to advocacy, by partnering with graffiti artists, advocates, and locals to determine and develop future spots for murals. The hope is that artspace can displace and disrupt graffiti tags and activity and get people active and involved with the community.


The third and last phase would focus on bringing youth into the process. NHUAC president Liz Giba was excited about the prospect of engagement, both as an alternative to criminal prosecution and as a preventive and educational tool: “I think it would be cool if the kids helped develop them.” Giba stressed the value of openness: “Bring them into the neighborhood, I think that … everyone has something to offer.” 



This plan still doesn’t change the law. King County Sheriff’s Office Storefront Deputy Bill Kennamer said that graffiti is vandalism, a misdemeanor, with potential penalties including a $1,000 fine and up to 90 days in jail. Lan Nguyen from Councilmember McDermott’s office shared that McDermott and his colleagues in county government are also working to explore alternatives to incarceration and criminal penalization for youth: “[We] want to work on figuring out what we have … who’s eligible and how can they get connected with that. I think the idea of a community coming together to say, ‘We don’t want youth to go through this harsh and punitive system, we want to be there to support him or her and support the family, [is] wonderful and beautiful.”



If you want to learn more or get involved with the push to remove graffiti from the area, email WhiteCenterCC@gmail.com.

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MLK Day of Service: You can help Monday at White Center Heights Park

January 10th, 2017 Tracy Posted in Holidays, How to Help, Parks, White Center news Comments Off on MLK Day of Service: You can help Monday at White Center Heights Park

On Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Day next Monday, it’s again a Day of Service, with many volunteer opportunities around the nation. Here’s one in White Center, from Lina:

Celebrate MLK Day with King County Parks staff and neighbors as we work to improve the health of White Center Heights Park. Event is 10 am-2 pm and we will be learning about the plants and animals of the park, digging out blackberry and planting native trees and shrubs. Please contact Lina Rose for more information – lina.rose@kingcounty.gov , 206.491.5014

Here’s where to find WCH Park.

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TONIGHT: Play bingo, help Holy Family Bilingual Catholic School

November 18th, 2016 Tracy Posted in Holy Family, How to Help, Schools, White Center news Comments Off on TONIGHT: Play bingo, help Holy Family Bilingual Catholic School

You are invited! Holy Family Bilingual Catholic School welcomes everyone to Charlie Brown Bingo Night, 6-9 pm tonight in the school gym. HF says, “This is a great opportunity to help our school to buy resources while you are enjoying delicious food and winning great prizes.” The school is just north of the church, at 20th SW and SW Roxbury.

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Next Saturday, Duwamish Alive! needs you to help our area’s only river

October 16th, 2016 Tracy Posted in Environment, How to Help, White Center news Comments Off on Next Saturday, Duwamish Alive! needs you to help our area’s only river

Next Saturday, it’s one of the two dates each year when hundreds of people volunteer to help our area’s only river, during the multi-work-party Duwamish Alive! event. Here’s how and where you can help:

Join our community effort to restore native habitat within the Duwamish Watershed on Saturday, October 22nd, while celebrating the connection of our urban forests to our river and salmon. Starting at 10:00 am volunteers will gear up at multiple Duwamish sites including one of our largest urban forests – the Duwamish Greenbelt to participate in planting and removing invasive weeds in an effort to keep our river alive and healthy for our communities, salmon and the Puget Sound. Volunteers are still needed at:

Pigeon Point Park
Roxhill Bog Park, headwaters of Longfellow Creek
Delridge Wetlands, tributary of Longfellow Creek
Longfellow Creek at Greg Davis Park
Hamm Creek/Duwamish Substation along the river
Herrings House Park, along the river

To volunteer, visit DuwamishAlive.org to see the different volunteer opportunities and RSVP to the contact for the site of your choice, or email info@duwamishalive.org

Other work sites include a river cleanup by kayak, shoreline salmon habitat restoration, and native forest revitalization while enjoying our autumn. Families, company groups, clubs, individuals, schools, community organizations, are encouraged to participate, and no experience is necessary.

The workday at all 15 sites begins at 9:30 with volunteer sign in and concludes at 2 PM. Refreshments, tools, and instructions will be provided. All ages and abilities welcomed.

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SATURDAY: White Center Library Guild sale

August 12th, 2016 Tracy Posted in How to Help, White Center Library, White Center news Comments Off on SATURDAY: White Center Library Guild sale

Happening tomorrow!

This Saturday, August 13th, 11 am to 3 pm, our White Center Library Guild will have its 1st Sidewalk Sale at our NEW Library, 1409 SW 107th St. The Guild sponsors extra programs for the Library that would not happen otherwise. There will be lots of books, plus many other donated treasures. We need your support, hope to see you there !!!

Hard to believe the library’s been open almost three months now – after so many years of waiting and anticipation.

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Spoke & Food: Bicycle to participant Proletariat Pizza tonight!

July 26th, 2016 Tracy Posted in Food, How to Help, Transportation, White Center news Comments Off on Spoke & Food: Bicycle to participant Proletariat Pizza tonight!

The annual Spoke & Food bicycle-to-dinner benefit is tonight – and Proletariat Pizza in White Center (9622 16th SW) is participating. 5-9 pm, Proletariat and other participants around the region are donating 20 percent of their proceeds; this year, the beneficiary is the Hunger Intervention Project. The first 20 bike riders at each Spoke & Food location get backpacks!

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4 ways to help White Center parks this summer

June 2nd, 2016 Tracy Posted in How to Help, Parks, White Center news Comments Off on 4 ways to help White Center parks this summer

From Lina Rose with King County Parks:

I believe that a great way for community members to make a positive impact is to join together in service to improve the health and safety of their parks. Studies show many shared benefits to working towards healthy urban forests in our communities – from increased ecological value, animal habitat to positive public health impacts like lower asthma and obesity rates when there are trees or a healthy park nearby. Studies also show, and I have seen this many times anecdotally, that crime within parks declines when restoration efforts are going on there. A challenge is that when that activity leaves the park… where does it go. Not everything can be solved through restoration efforts but this service is one key ingredient to a healthy and safe community.

I am leading 9 events in White Center this summer, 4 of them are open to the public:

June 4, 9 am-1 pm North Shorewood Park (National Trails Day!)

June 11, 9 am-1 pm Thurnau Memorial Park

June 18, 12 pm-3:30 White Center Heights Park (Seattle Works Day)

August 13, 9 am-1 pm North Shorewood Park

Interested community members should contact me by phone or email prior to the event so I can make sure that they have all the information they need for the project and that I have an accurate count of volunteers to plan for tools, etc.

E-mail Lina at lina.rose@kingcounty.gov to let her know you’ll be there.

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YOU CAN HELP! Volunteer @ North Shorewood Park this Saturday

March 30th, 2016 Tracy Posted in How to Help, Parks, White Center news 2 Comments »

North Shorewood Park could use your help this Saturday, 10 am-2 pm – give a little time to do a lot of good. As neighbor Gill, who provided the photos, says, “It looks this good due to a great deal hard work on the part of King County Parks as well as volunteers from the neighborhood and local organizations. It really is a great little Park.”

The warm, dry weather is expected to continue into Saturday, so you have no excuse.

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YOU CAN HELP! Literacy tutors needed at Beverly Park Elementary

January 17th, 2016 Tracy Posted in How to Help, Schools, White Center news Comments Off on YOU CAN HELP! Literacy tutors needed at Beverly Park Elementary

Can you spare some time to help students improve their reading skills? Reading Partners is looking for you – on behalf of 36 students awaiting tutors at Beverly Park Elementary School:

Reading Partners is a nonprofit literacy organization that recruits and trains community volunteers to work one-on-one with elementary students who are behind grade level benchmarks in reading. At each of our school sites we have a dedicated reading center where all tutoring takes place. Volunteers are asked to commit to as little as one-hour of tutoring each week. We ask that each volunteer commits to the same one-hour to work with the same student weekly. During every session tutors follow a structured, research-based curriculum with the support of a full-time AmeriCorps Site Coordinator. Additionally, we offer initial and on-going training and support for every volunteer.

Anyone interested in getting involved can follow this link to sign up or contact Reading Partners at volunteerSEA@readingpartners.org.

RP says Beverly Park (1201 South 104th) has 36 students awaiting a tutor. Tutoring runs 10 am-3:35 pm Mondays-Thursdays.

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Dine for a good cause! White Center Kiwanis and New Start Key Club invite you to this year’s Baked Potato Dinner

January 7th, 2016 Tracy Posted in How to Help, White Center Kiwanis Club, White Center news Comments Off on Dine for a good cause! White Center Kiwanis and New Start Key Club invite you to this year’s Baked Potato Dinner

Coming up in a week!

The New Start Alternative High School Key Club in the Highline School District will again, in conjunction with the Kiwanis Club of White Center, hold its Annual Baked Potato Dinner complete with loaded baked potatoes, salad, beverage and dessert, and music from the Tes Thomas Band.

The event this year will be Thursday evening, January 14, 2016, running from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. The address is 614 SW 120th.

TICKETS for the event may be obtained in advance and/or at the door. ADULTS are $15 or two for $25. There is a sponsorship option – for $50 you will receive formal recognition as well as 5 tickets. Children under 5 are as usual free. For additional information and/or ticket purchase, please contact any member of the White Center Kiwanis and/or Bill Tracy. The latter may be reached at this email address, billnancytracy@aol.com, or 206-248-2441, and/or 11514-21 st Place Sw, Burien, 98146. We look forward to seeing you there.

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TURKEYS AND VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! White Center Food Bank needs you on Wednesday

November 24th, 2015 Tracy Posted in How to Help, White Center Food Bank, White Center news Comments Off on TURKEYS AND VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! White Center Food Bank needs you on Wednesday

One more day to make sure hundreds of local families can celebrate the holiday with a traditional meal … First, the White Center Food Bank needs more turkeys, and you can bring them by 8:30 am-7 pm on Wednesday. If you can spare some time, they also need help distributing food Wednesday afternoon/evening:

Volunteers needed Wednesday, 4:30-8 pm. It’s holiday distribution time again at the White Center Food Bank and we are currently short volunteers for the afternoon/evening of November 25 to pass out food to clients. We get set up at 4:30 pm. We distribute food from 5:00 to 7:30 pm and then clean up. Families welcome. If you can help, please call Audrey at 206-762-2848 or e-mail audrey@whitecenterfoodbank.org

WCFB is at 10829 8th SW.

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